No, Croke Park will not be used for slaughtering animals during Eid Al Adha



A CLAIM MADE in an article published by TheLiberal.ie this morning suggested that Croke Park would be used as a place to kill animals for the preparation of meat as part of an Eid Al Adha festival taking place in the stadium this summer.

The article stated that Croke Park would be used to “host a great Muslim blood sacrifice ritual” and that the “grounds of Ireland’s largest stadium will soon be saturated with the blood of terrified animals”.

Talk to TheJournal.fr, Dr Umar Al-Qadri of the Irish Council for Peace and Integration of Muslims and organizer of the event, said that no animals would be slaughtered in Croke Park, and that no food would be consumed as part of the of the festival on the site.

“This is absolutely a lie and untrue. This has no truth, ”said Dr Al-Qadri.

Muslims “eat meat, we sacrifice animals on Eid day,” but that would not take place in Croke Park, he said.

“No food or drink will take place at Croke Park due to social distancing,” he explained. “This is an event in which there will be prayers and speeches, and that is about it.”

When animals are killed for events like Eid Al Adha, it is done in a “controlled environment” such as a slaughterhouse or slaughterhouse. Dr Al-Qadri said it was happening “in a humane way by halal standards”.

He pointed out that slaughtering animals for Eid Al Adha can have a charitable element, with Muslims donating the cost of an animal that is slaughtered and then given to poorer families.

Dr Al-Qadri called the claim “very sad”, but believed it represented a “minority opinion” in Ireland which does not represent the mainstream.

It is not known where TheLiberal.ie obtained the inaccurate information. The article was shared widely on Facebook, with more than 1,500 shares and 2,300 comments since it was published Wednesday morning.

Halal standards

In Islam, Muslims are advised to follow halal food standards, which define what foods can and cannot be eaten and under what circumstances.

Some foods that are not considered halal, and that Muslims are advised not to consume, include pork, reptiles and insects, and alcohol.

Animals that have died in a manner other than the slaughter methods described in Islamic law are not considered halal.

The Department of Halal Certification, an organization overseen by the Al-Mustafa Islamic Center Ireland, points out that halal slaughter involves killing the animal with a sharp knife in the throat.

“In general, all forms of stunning and unconsciousness in animals are hated. However, if it is necessary to use these means to calm or mitigate the violence of the animals, the low voltage shock can only be used on the head for the times and the tension in accordance with the guidelines given, ”explains the organization on its website.

The slaughter “must be done by a sane adult Muslim” and “the name of Allah must be called upon (mentioned) at the time of the slaughter”.

The organization says animals “should be killed in a comfortable manner” and “unnecessary suffering should be avoided”.

Eid Al Adha at Croke Park

Eid Al Adha is an annual celebration in the Muslim calendar that takes place at the end of the Hajj pilgrimage and is known as the “Feast of the Sacrifice”. Croke Park is expected to host the event outdoors this year to allow community celebrations to take place within social distancing guidelines.

The event is scheduled to take place on July 31 or August 1, depending on when the moon is sighted. The exact date must be confirmed July 21.

500 people are expected to attend the event at Croke Park to enable social distancing. The stadium can generally accommodate up to 82,300 people at full capacity.

GAA Chairman John Horan said the stadium was “delighted to welcome members of the Muslim community to Croke Park to mark Eid Al Adha, an important date in the Muslim calendar.”

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“I think the staging of this celebration fully supports our commitment to inclusion and a GAA welcome linked to our belief that this is ‘Where we all belong’,” said Horan.

According to the 2016 census, approximately 63,443 Muslims live in the Republic of Ireland.

Verdict

Eid Al Adha, known as the “Feast of the Sacrifice”, is one of the most important annual events on the Muslim calendar alongside Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr. This year’s Eid Al Adha celebrations are expected to take place in Croke Park in two weeks. TheLiberal.ie claims the event will see Croke Park “saturated with the blood of terrified animals”.

Although animal sacrifice is a traditional part of Eid Al Adha, the event organizer stressed that no animals will be slaughtered at Croke Park. In addition, no food or drink should be served during the event.

Accordingly, we evaluate the claim that animals will be slaughtered at Croke Park: ABSURDITY. According to our verdict guide, this means: The assertion is extremely inaccurate, logically impossible and / or ridiculous.

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